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TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CHRISTINE LAVIN

Posted on January 9, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 



                                                  Christine Lavin



TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be at the Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday,
Jan 18th.

Your effervescent hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are pleased and thrilled, to welcome our Feature:


~ CHRISTINE LAVIN ~


Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia,   Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show.

Her songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci. Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes championship.

 

Christine has recently added intermission tutorial activities -- namely, teaching audience members how to fold cloth napkins in the Downton Abbey style.

 

Her book, COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? is available in paperback, kindle, iPad, and audio book formats. Just One Angel, her first holiday compilation project, (22 artists, 22 Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year's songs) became a four-artist west coast tour that hit the road in December of 2011, 2012, and 2013.

 

AWARDS: Christine received a 2012 NYC Nightlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers. In November 2011 her book COLD PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST: A MEM-WHA?? won the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in non-fiction writing about pop music. Christine has also won five ASCAP composer awards, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of The Year, The Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and her album Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind won Album Of The Year from the National Association Of Independent Record Distributors.

 

LATEST PROJECTS: Christine started creating videos for her songs in 2011, and now creates them for other artists (Robyn Landis, John Margolis, Don White, Honor Finnegan, Craig Werth, Grammy-winner Julie Gold, David Ippolito). She has many posted at youtube and vimeo. This one: ROSES FROM THE WRONG MAN won a weekly contest on WNET in NYC and was broadcast on Channel 13 in NYC. Her Mom grew the roses, Christine snapped the photos. Make sure you play it to the very end -- what's at the end no doubt helped this video win.

 

Christine was the keynote speaker in November 2016 at the annual North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA). A written expanded edition of her presentation is available upon request.


...and there's more ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ no better time, to suit up, show up, git up, tune up, and share yer best song.  Just ask Cathy, Allen, of Jim (moi), and yer in bidness.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CHRISTINE LAVIN
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, 1/18
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Free ($10.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)



TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring JED CURRAN & LOREN BARRIGAR

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)


                           Jed Curran                                         Loren Barrrigar



TUNES BY THE TRACKS,
is on schedule, for our first show, of 2017...and it's destined to be, a dandy!

Indefatiguable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are delighted to welcome the New Year, with our Feature:


~ JED CURRAN & LOREN BARRIGAR ~


Jed Curran, http://jedcurran.com/index.html returns, as one of our favorite singer-songwriters. His songs, come from the heart, and tell stories, that may bring a smile or a tear.
Whether singing of dogs, or circuses, or lost loves, Jed's songs find a thread, that runs through everyone's life, and connects us all.
Jed usually brings a musical friend, when he comes to TUNES BY THE TRACKS, and this time, he has pulled out all the stops, for the occasion, with an incandescent guitarist, and Tracker favorite.

Loren Barrigar, http://www.lorenandmark.com/info has stage presence, and talent, that's in a class by itself. We're accustomed to Loren performing, with his good friend, and acoustic duo partner, Mark Mazengarb, and as we'll see, Loren is equally adept, playing with other musicians.
Loren's guitar is so magnificent, that his terrific vocals, seem like sensory overload, and we're gonna be treated to both, on Jan 4th

...plus...here they come, agin ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ will kick off 2017, with zest, and panache...(now is the time...why wait...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and you kin be a Mystery Picker, too)

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring JED CURRAN & LOREN BARRIGAR
  • Clifton Springs library, 4 Railroad Ave
  • Clifton Springs, NY, 14432 
  • Wed, Jan 4th
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Free ($5.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments)

 

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CUISLE MO CHROI

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)


          Mary Lester                                   Pat Carey                     Cathy McGrath


TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be on location for our 8th annual Christmas Concert, on Wednesday, December 21st, in the Auditorium of Wellspring Church, on Teft Avenue. http://www.wellspringchurch.us/

 

Harmonious holiday hosts, Jim Clare and Allen Hopkins, are pleased, and very proud, to Feature:


 

~ CUISLE MO CHROI ~


 

Cathy McGrath, Pat Carey, and Mary Lester, are the three lovely, multi-talented women, of CUISLE MO CHROI, (say Cushla Mo Chree), https://www.facebook.com/CuisleMoChroi3/
They accompany their exquisite vocal harmonies, with a variety of instruments, including guitar, mountain dulcimer, Irish harp, flute, and penny whistle, and bodhran.

The three bring joyous life to Christmas songs and instrumental tunes galore, from America, Ireland, England, France, and Canada.

 

Cathy, Pat, and Mary will be joined, by a Christmas list of special guests. The incomparable Perry Cleaveland, will supply fiddle and mandolin, Lynn Pilaroscia, fiddle, plus Jim Clare, and Allen Hopkins, on guitar, vocals, and percussion. Wellspring Celtic band will also be a special guest.

Thanks to Wellspring Church for collaborating with Tunes By The Tracks for this special concert!

 

 

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CUISLE MO CHROI
  • Wednesday, Dec 21
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Auditorium at Wellspring Church
  • 22 Teft Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Free admission ($10.00 donation suggested, for Feature and Food Link)

 

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring JIM CLARE & ALLEN HOPKINS

Posted on November 7, 2016 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

                       Bunting                                Allen Hopkins                 Jim Clare


TUNES BY THE TRACKS will arrive at the library, on November 16th.
Hospitable solo host, Cathy McGrath, can scarcely contain her exuberance, at the prospect of presenting our Feature:


   ~ JIM CLARE & ALLEN HOPKINS ~


Jim, http://www.jimclare.org/ and Allen, http://www.allenhopkins.org/   are very well known to all you Trackers, but we're optimistic, that some of you will show up, anyhow.

Some folks are anticipating a tightly rehearsed, intricately choreographed show, with the production quality, of a Las Vegas extravaganza.
These are the same folks, who also believe in the Easter Bunny.

We do promise to play a passel of Tracker favorites, drawn from our vast archive of past shows.
As always, Allen will trot out an impressive array of musical instruments, to give many of the numbers, a little something extry. 
(Sadly, Allen accidentally swallowed his Tuba, while practicing "Mairszy Doats", so no tuba, this time.)

Jim will play some Tracker requested original songs, including "Why Is It So Quiet", "Manassas in the Rain", "Leave it to the Sea", and a brannie new song, about handling bullies, called, "The Old Man".


...plus...THE MYSTERY PICKERS - we are blessed, with some very talented friends, who step up, to entertain us, with a song or two, during the second half of the evening.  If you'd like to give it a try...yer cordially invited.  Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim...and shazaam...yer on the marquis.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring JIM CLARE & ALLEN HOPKINS
  • Clifton Springs library, 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Wed, 11/16
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PERRY CLEAVELAND & FRIENDS

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)


                        Perrry Cleaveland



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is headed for a Nov 2nd arrival, at the Clifton Springs library.
Harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are delighted to welcome back a wonderful musician friend, as Feature:



~ PERRY CLEAVELAND & FRIENDS ~



Perry, https://www.facebook.com/pcleaveland" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/pcleaveland, is a warm, funny, classy gentleman, who personifies musical excellence. A master mandolin player, Perry's bottomless catalog of songs, ranges from Bluegrass, Country, and Folk standards, to original songs, by regional songwriters, like John Cadley.
Perry is equally at home, on the fiddle, or the guitar, and his fine tenor vocals are invariably fan favorites.


We always feel lucky to get Perry for an evening, because that means, that several other great bands, will have to squeak by, without him.
Perry has been a bulwark, of Bristol Mountain Bluegrass, Rebecca Colleen & the Chorelads, The Cadleys, and Meyer & McGuire, and he is the go-to guy, for regional musicians, when they need the absolute best, in the studio, or in live performance.


...and the icing on the cake...The MYSTERY PICKERS...we are always treated to great songs, by our Mystery Pickers, and we invite you...yes, you!...to git up, tune up, and play us a song.  Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and yer in bidness.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PERRY CLEAVELAND & FRIENDS
  • Clifton Springs library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Nov 2
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Free ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments

 


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring MARIA GILLARD TRIO

Posted on October 8, 2016 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

                                Elaine Verstraete                                        Maria Gillard                          Perry Cleaveland

    

TUNES BY THE TRACKS is enroute, for a Wednesday, Oct 19th arrival, at the Clifton Springs library, Trackers.

Your ever affable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are more than pleased to welcome back our Feature:



~ MARIA GILLARD TRIO ~



Maria Gillard, http://www.mariagillard.com/  anchors the group, with her beguiling vocals, and her tasty guitar.  She tells the stories behind her own funny, and evocative songs, which makes them even more charming, and she incudes a selection of songs that we might know, and sing along with.

Maria's partners, are two of the finest musicians, and most delightful people, that we know.

Elaine Verstraete, http://www.elaineverstraete.com/  plays bass fiddle, and sings harmony.  Elaine is a wonderul singer and musician, and she's literally, a bouquet of artistic talent.  Check the link here, to get a glimpse of her bio beyond the music, and see her wonderful work, as a visual artist. 

Perry Cleaveland, https://www.facebook.com/pcleaveland/about" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/pcleaveland/about  plays mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, and sings harmony.  Us Trackers are proud to consider Perry, a part of our Tunes By the Tracks family.  We know what a musical treasure Perry is.
His list of credits and accomplishments is exhaustive.  Sufice to say, Perry plays with the Cadley's, Meyer & McGuire, Rebecca Colleen, Paul Swiatek, and others, and he is the go-to guy, for the region's most discerning musicians, when they need the cleanest, tastiest player for their studio projects.

Collectively, these three, are the MARIA GILLARD TRIO, and we're really happy to host them.

....but that's not all, folks...THE MYSTERY PICKERS ...yes, indeedy...they're back.
If you want to join this merry band, just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and we'd be delighted to put you in the bull's eye.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring, MARIA GILLARD TRIO
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Wednesday, Oct 19
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Free ($5.00 suggested donation, for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring STARDUST AND BUTTERFLIES

Posted on September 24, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)



TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be rolling in, with a beautiful autumn show, on Wed, Oct 5th.
Your effusive hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are very pleased to present our Feature:


~ Stardust and Butterflies ~



Our good friend, David Ianni will be returning, with his fine guitar to underpin a show, that is certain to delight.

 

David will play guitar behind the vocals of Linda Foster and Laura Jean Diekmann, two ladies we've loved in their prior visits.
This is going to be an evening of lovely music, by some of America's finest songwriters.

Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and Joan Baez...I just hear the names, and those wonderful songs start going through my head...and
we'll hear their songs once more, on Oct 5th.


Linda Foster and Laura Jean Diekmann, and David Ianni, offer a concert that celebrates the legacy, of these beloved singer-songwriters, with the songs we cherish...Diamonds and Rust, Turn, Turn, Turn, Circle Game, Someday Soon, Both Sides Now, and many more.


...we'll catch our breath, with a short break, and then...


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ will saunter into the spotlight, for the second half of the evening.  (care to take a turn, in the barrel?  Ask Cathy, Allen, or moi (Jim), and you too, can be a Mystery Picker)

 

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring STARDUST AND BUTTERFLIES
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Wed, Oct 5th
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

 






TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ALMOST IRISH

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


         Jon Rubins     Ralph Minervio   Chris Glatley    


   Ralph Minervino                              Jon Rubins                                                      Chris Glatlty


TUNES BY THE TRACKS is just over yonder hill, headed for an ontime arrival at Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday, Sep 21st.
Your ebullient hosts Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are very pleased to welcome back our Feature:

 


~ ALMOST IRISH ~



We've loved these lads on their previous visits...and by jingo...here they come again...

 

ALMOST IRISH, is a trio familiar to traditional music lovers in the Finger Lakes where they have performed for over 10 years. They are so named because none of them are Irish. and their repertoire includes tunes from all over the Celtic map besides Ireland, such as Shetland, Brittany and French Canada.


They've been regular performers at the annual GCVM Fiddle Fair, Springwater Fiddlers Fair, Honeoye Redbeard festival and outdoor concerts in Canandaigua, Bloomfield and Clifton Springs.


Chris Glattly (keyboard and guitar) studied piano at MSU earning a BA (Music) with a concentration in piano tech, where he discovered recordings of the Chieftains and other folk groups. Chris has far ranging musical interests in both classical and traditional and is a much respected accompanist in the Rochester Irish musical community. Chris is a registered piano technician (RPT) and owner of Glattly Pianoforte, providing piano sales and service.


Ralph Minervino is a regular Tracker, who is a retired podiatrist and a long time lover of Irish music, although his first instrument was the clarinet. He joined Fiddlers of the Genesee (FOG), where his interest in Celtic music was piqued. He now plays the penny whistle and flute, and teaches whistle technique at workshops in the Rochester area. He finds time to play with the Victor Community Band and is exploring the world of fiddling.


Jon Rubins was inspired by Andres Segovia and took classical guitar lessons as a teenager. He sang and played guitar and banjo at cofee houses while in medical school( he is a retired oncologist) but dropped music until 20 years later when he picked up a fiddle rented by his wife from Music Lovers Shop. FOG was also his entry into Irish music, and bluegrass banjo and mandolin have been added to his repertoire, “Almost Irish Almost Live” is the group’s CD, released in 2004 and includes over 40 tunes. 

 


...yes, indeedy folks...THE MYSTERY PICKERS...the wildly popular segment of the show, where our frisky musical friends strut their stuff, will occupy the second half of the evening. (Feeling ready??

just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi)...and yer career as a MYSTERY PICKER, is launched!!)


 

  • Tunes By the Tracks, Featuring ALMOST IRISH
  • Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave
  • Clifton Springs, NY http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Wednesday, Sep 21st
  • 7pm - 9pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)Free Admission ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

 

 


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ALLEN HOPKINS & BONNIE ABRAMS

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)


               Allen Hopkins                          Bonnie Abrams


TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound, for a stop at the library on Wednesday, Sep 7th.
Continuously congenial hosts, Jim Clare and Cathy McGrath, are delighted to welcome our mossy-horned co-host and his long-time duet partner, as our Feature:


 

~ ALLEN HOPKINS & BONNIE ABRAMS ~

 


Bonnie, http://dynrec.com/bonnieabrams/ , is a multi-instrumentalist, who writes and performs her own songs and she sings everything from choral music to Broadway show tunes. As "Voice of the Second Generation", Bonnie has performed programs of song and narration from the European Jewish experience at multi-cultural celebrations and Holocaust Commemorations.

Allen Hopkins, is our own TUNES BY THE TRACKS co-host.
You all know Allen...he's the guy who plays bluegrass, blues, Celtic music and even Stephen Foster ballads on his three
dozen acoustic instruments...(calm down, he won't be playing all of them).

Us Trackers have kicked back with Bonnie and Allen before, so we're prepared laugh, clap, sing along, and maybe even shed a tear...(metaphorically speaking)

...but wait ~THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ those loveable louts have been stealing the show lately, so who knows what surprises are in store, this time...
If you're champing at the bit to give it a go, as a Mystery Picker...see Cathy or Jim (moi), and we'll sign you up, on the spot. 


 

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ALLEN HOPKINS & BONNIE ABRAMS
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Sep 7th
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Free ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

 

 


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring FRED VINE

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

                                                     Fred Vine

Summer continues to sit hotly upon us, which means, it's a great time for some live
music, Trackers!
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is steaming in, and she'll be at the Library on Wed, 
Aug 17th.
Your ever cool hosts, Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath, are delighted and excited to
welcome back another favorite as our Feature:

~ FRED VINE ~                                                     

Fred Vine, http://www.fredvine.com is is a master of "Piedmont"

style and Delta bottleneck slide guitar.

His repertoire is rich with traditional blues, compelling instrumentals and captivating

songs.

Fred's musical tastes are eclectic, so we'll enjoy acoustic blues, jazz, original

compositions , American Songbook and contemporary songs.

His influences include bluesmen Rev. Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Son House,

Mississippi John Hurt, Jelly Roll Morton and certainly Chet Atkins.

Laid back, yet engaging and witty, Fred easily connects with his audience...which is us

guys.

Heads Up Shoppers...Fred's CD's will be for sale ~ "Mister Freddy Blues"

(a compendium of roots blues), "Crystal River Blues" (a mixed bag of jazz, blues and

contemporary), "Cruising on the Belle" and "Genesee Delta Stomp", which showcases

Fred's original music.

As a seasoned performer, Fred has shared the stage with Muddy Waters,

John Hammond, Guy Davis, Dave Van Ronk and many others.

 

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS...will let fly, during the second half of the
evening. See Cathy or Jim (moi), to try yer hand at the glitzy, glamouous
world of show bizzness.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring FRED VINE
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Aug 17th
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Free ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)



  


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